I have been trying a parkrun alternative course that involves a big hill, but I thought I would look for another that was flatter. A friend suggested a route that was around 2.5km that should do. I attempted that this morning.
It is a little warmer that other morning this week when there was a bit of frost. I gently jogged to the starting point by the pedestrian crossing as you come into Arlesey. After a moment to prepare myself I set off at a pace I thought I could maintain. Going through the underpass involves a bit of a climb on the other side, but then it is more or less flat all the way to Stotfold. This route does not cross any roads, so it should be possible to do it uninterrupted.
In Stotfold I turned up Vaughan Road and was hoping I would be half way at the other end. My watch actually showed me slightly under and so I went a little way around the corner. Running back was a hard slog, but I pressed on. Not having other runners to compete with makes it a mental test. There were some around, but they were doing their own thing.
On the last stretch after the underpass I very nearly tripped, but managed to stay up. I could do without any injuries. I got back to the crossing with no idea of my time. I needed a walk at that point, but eventually switched to jogging the rest of the way.
Strava reckons I did my second best 5km at 25:08, but when I tried making a segment it came out slightly long and so my time was almost 26 minutes. I have removed that segment and will try it again next week. I wonder if Strava does its own measurement and so differs from my watch. If I had not run around that last corner it would have been more exact I think.
I have long hoped to get under 25 minutes, but have not logged an official parkrun time of that. It may be quite some time before I get another opportunity, so maybe I can keep training to get there consistently.
Run well and stay well.